Columbia entertainment calendar, Jan. 10-16

January 9, 2014 

Friday, January 10

Three Mississippi sisters work to escape their past in “Crimes of the Heart,” opening 8 p.m. Friday at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Jan. 25 and 3 p.m. Jan. 19. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $17 for age 60 and older and active military, $14 for age 13 through college, and $10 for age 12 and younger. (803) 799-6551;

The Davidson College Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble will make a stop in Columbia as part of the Arts at Shandon series, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Admission is free and donations will be accepted. (803) 771-4408, ext. 127;

if ART Gallery kicks off the new year with two exhibitions, Laura Spong: Feathers to Fly and Enid Williams: Systematic Chance, opening with an artists’ reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday at 1223 Lincoln St. The exhibitions will run through Feb. 1. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 238-2351

Saturday, January 11

See art from the other side of the world at “Treasures of the British Museum: The Oriental Collections,” noon Saturday at the Columbia Museum of Art, Main and Hampton streets. The film will feature works from China, Japan and India as well as Buddhist art of Nepal, Ceylon, Burma and Cambodia. Free with admission or membership. (803) 799-2810;

Don’t miss South Carolina Philharmonic’s Beethoven and Blue Jeans, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Pianist Alessio Bass will perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and John Fitz Rogers will present the world premiere of the SCP’s 50th season commission; the concert closes out with Brahms’ Symphony No. 5. Tickets are $22-$52. (803) 251-2222;

If winter is your season, check out the Lake Carolina Polar Bear Plunge, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Lake Carolina’s Sunset Park. The first splash is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Registration must be completed by 10:15 a.m. Awards will be given for best individual, best team, best spirit, best jump, most devoted and youngest polar bear. Other attractions include music, prizes and refreshments. Participants 18 and older are asked to make a $10 donation to Children’s Charities of the Midlands; participants ages 17 and younger are asked to donate $5. Registration forms can be picked up and dropped off at Lake Carolina Sales Center, 100 Lake Carolina Blvd.

Sunday, January 12

Laugh your socks off at comedian Jeff Dunham’s Disorderly Conduct Tour, 3 p.m. Sunday at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. The ventriloquist will appear with his sidekicks Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Bubba J, Peanut and others. Tickets are $46.50. (803) 576-9200;

Monday, January 13

Enjoy great music while supporting a great cause at Light the Way Concert 3: Warm Sounds for Cold Nights, 7:30 p.m. Monday at the University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Performing will be Lillian Quackenbush from The Sandlapper Singers as well as Marina Alexandra (guitar) and Teri Forscher (flute) from Duo de Vista. Refreshments will be provided. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students. Proceeds support the Downtown Church Bicycle Ministry.

Wednesday, January 15

“America’s Got Talent” semifinalist Dorae Saunders stars in Leading Ladies Cabaret, 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Comedy House, 2768 Decker Blvd. The celebrity impersonator show features singing, dancing, humor, costumes and showgirls. Other entertainers scheduled to perform include Brooke Collins, Samantha Hunter and Lawanda Jackson. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. (803) 798-9898;

The Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform at The Township Wednesday. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $29-$75.

Margaret Curtis: Recent Works opens Wednesday at the McMaster Gallery, corner of Senate and Pickens, and runs through Feb. 14. Curtis’ imaginative works explore how the idea of power influences the lives of women. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. The exhibit is free and open to the public. (803) 777-7480

Thursday, January 16

Mark your calendar for the 2014 Palmetto Senior Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday in the Cantey Building at the S.C. State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive. Attendees can check out more than 100 exhibitors and vendors. Entertainers include Mary Badham from “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Eustace Conway from History Channel’s “Mountain Men,” Mama’s Home Cookin’ Band, and Miss South Carolina Brooke Mosteller. Admission is free; parking is $2.

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